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General

  • Ekko is a homophonic pun on Latinate English echo /ˈɛkoʊ/;
    • from Ancient Greek ἠχώ /ɛː.kʰɔ̌ː/ "sound" (var. ἠχή /ɛː.kʰɛ̌ː/ & ἦχος /ɛ̂ː.kʰos/) < PIE *sweh₂gʰ-:[1]
    • While Ekko himself does not have a sound theme nor does he take after the Nymph from Greek mythology, the idea is that his past selves from his constant rewinding of time serve as an echo of split timelines he left behind to achieve the results he desires (as evidenced by his holographic projections in Parallel Convergence Parallel Convergence and Chronobreak Chronobreak).
    • His name also references John 'Mikky Ekko' Stephen Sudduth and his first album 'Time'.
    • Besides the proverbial-and-literal 'Ekkos of the past' his name, having two Ks (KK) references the Rewind symbol ⏪.

Development

Lore

Ekko XII numeral

XII on Ekko's 'bat'

  • His canon appearances in chronological order: True Genius, Lullaby, Chronobreak, Seconds.
  • Ekko is a 16-17-year-old teenager, younger than Jinx OriginalSquare Jinx and Vi OriginalSquare Vi.[11]
    • Like Jinx OriginalSquare Jinx and Vi OriginalSquare Vi, 'Ekko' is not his actual name but rather what his friends call him.[12]
  • Ekko is basically a gifted, unrefined genius that tends to take on more than he can initially handle. He managed to create the Z-Drive Resonance Zero-Drive and the Timewinder Timewinder simply through trial and error, and as a result splits the timeline to fuel his perfectionism[13]
  • Ekko mainly uses the Z-Drive to undo his mistakes and find key points to exploit, such as taking down a Vigilnaut (the techmaturgically augmented goon he fought in Seconds).[14]
  • Despite being able to undo physical effects on his body, Ekko retains some residual effects over the rewind, including physical pain and mental fatigue. His cognitive age does not change over the course of rewinding.[15][16]
  • Ekko's facepaint and Z-Drive Resonance Zero-Drive are both shaped after an hourglass, an expression of his personality as well as the symbol he adopted for himself.[17]
    • He displays the same Zaunite street fashion Jinx OriginalSquare Jinx and Vi OriginalSquare Vi do (with Ekko's neckpiece being identical to the hextech bolts on her gauntlets)
  • Ekko's 'bat' is a clock second-hand he stole from a Piltover clocktower (as evidenced by the Roman 'XII' at its base)[18]
  • Ekko believes in and cares for Zaun and its future despite not fully understanding the bigger picture.
  • As evidenced by his joke, the Z-Drive Resonance Zero-Drive sometimes functions unexpectedly.
    • It being the product of makeshift hextech powered by a shattered crystal of undocumented properties might have something to do with it.
      • The shattered crystal is implied to be part of the one that Viktor OriginalSquare Viktor and Jayce OriginalSquare Jayce fought over in their biographies.
      • And that also implies the current Z-Drive Resonance Zero-Drive isn't the first of many broken before.
  • The Timewinder Timewinder is powered by the Z-Drive Resonance Zero-Drive.
    • Ekko had at first another function for it in mind (likely a smoke/flash grenade) but several successive malfunctions prompted its current incarnation.

Quotes

Ekko OriginalCircle Original Ekko
  •  
    Ekko.itemGuardianAngel01
    "I'm no Guardian Angel item angel." and  
    Ekko.itemGuardianAngel02
    "Yep, put an Guardian Angel item angel on the job. I could use a break." might be referencing Ekko's voice actor Antony Del Rio also voicing both Pit and Dark Pit in Kid Icarus: Uprising.
  •  
    Ekko.itemLudensEcho01
    "It's like Luden&#039;s Echo item it was made for me." and  
    Ekko.itemLudensEcho02
    "How can I not buy Luden&#039;s Echo item this?" references the pun on his name, the item, and the word both come from, as well as the item being an efficient purchase for Ekko stat-wise.
  •  
    Ekko.tauntViktor01
    "Never go Viktor OriginalSquare full robot." is a play on a quote from Tropic Thunder ("You never go full retard.").
  •  
    Ekko.tauntJayce03
    "I'll never be like this guy." applies to both Jayce OriginalSquare Jayce (the egotistical posterboy for the stuck-up Pilties) and Viktor OriginalSquare Viktor (the amoral cyborg being part of Zaun's ethical bankruptcy)
  •  
    Ekko.taunt02
    "I've seen your future, and it's got broken bones." resembles  
    Chronokeeper.taunt
    Zilean OriginalCircle "I've seen your death, it was painful".
  •  
    Ekko.Q3
    "Don't blink." and  
    Ekko.R3
    "Reversing polarity!" might be quoting Doctor Who.
  •  
    Ekko.tauntTwitch01
    "Twitch OriginalSquare You give Zaun a bad name." might be referencing You Give Love A Bad Name by Bon Jovi.
  •  
    Ekko.itemElixirSorcery01
    "I'm old enough to buy Elixir of Sorcery item this." jokingly alludes to minors being prohibited from purchasing spirits.
  •  
    Ekko.move10
    "Tomorrow's the last of my worries" is a jab at Jayce OriginalSquare the Defender of Tomorrow.
  • Ekko shares quotes with:
    •  
      Ekko.move11
      Ekko OriginalCircle  
      Jayce.move6
      Jayce OriginalCircle "Never look back."
    •  
      Ekko.Q2
      Ekko OriginalCircle  
      Sivir Original Q 3
      Sivir OriginalCircle "Heads up!"
    •  
      Ekko.Q1
      Ekko OriginalCircle  
      Sivir Original Q 0
      Sivir OriginalCircle "Catch!"
Ekko TrueDamageCircle True Damage Ekko

Skins

Ekko OriginalCircle Original Ekko
Ekko SandstormCircle Sandstorm Ekko
Chromaskins Chromas: Citrine, Obsidian, Pearl, Peridot, Rose Quartz, Sandstone, Tanzanite
Ekko AcademyCircle Academy Ekko
  • He references South Korean high school delinquents.
  • The group is in classroom 1337, which references Leetspeak.
  • One of the math formulas on the board is the definition of the derivative.
Ekko PROJECTCircle PROJECT: Ekko
  • The holograms on the right have blueprints of Master Yi PROJECTYiCircle PROJECT: Yi and Zed PROJECTCircle PROJECT: Zed.
  • He is from an alternate future in which he was cybernetically augmented as part of the PROJECT Initiative.
  • If one tells Ashe PROJECTCircle PROJECT: Ashe they fight for 'freedom' she'll say the following:
    • " PROJECT Ekko profileicon Kid, you copy?"
    • "Time to go."
    • "We will alter our odds."
    • Decrypter profileicon QWQRE83 Chrono Blade.
Ekko SKTT1Circle SKT T1 Ekko
Ekko TrickorTreatCircle Trick or Treat Ekko
Chromaskins Chromas: Amethyst, Emerald, Golden, Obsidian, Rose Quartz, Ruby
Ekko TrueDamageCircle True Damage Ekko
Chromaskins Chromas: Amethyst, Catseye, Freestyle, Obsidian, Pearl, Rose Quartz, Ruby, Turquoise
Ekko PulsefireCircle Pulsefire Ekko
Chromaskins Chromas: Amethyst, Chrono, Citrine, Emerald, Pearl, Rose Quartz, Ruby

Relations

  • Ekko's parents work overtime in one of Zaun's many factories, so they're rarely home.[20]
  • The graffiti Ekko often visits has paintings of girls with blue (Jinx OriginalSquare Jinx) and pink (Vi OriginalSquare Vi) hair.
    • Ekko knew them when he was younger.
    • Ekko had a crush on Jinx OriginalSquare Jinx before she started talking to Switcheroo! Fishbones and Pow-Pow Pow-Pow.
      • He believes in Vi OriginalSquare Vi and wishes for her return to Zaun.
  • Ekko dislikes Pilties like Jayce OriginalSquare Jayce, Ezreal OriginalSquare Ezreal, and Caitlyn OriginalSquare Caitlyn, as he sees them as arrogant and self-important, as well as to promote Zaunite nationalism.
    • He is convinced Piltover is not the only progressive city in Valoran and is proud to be Zaunite.
      • Seeing his former friends leave for the City of Progress gave him a bit of a chip on his shoulder.
        • Not to mention his 12-year-old friend Ajuna was killed by a Piltie.[21]
      • He finds Ezreal OriginalSquare Ezreal a poser.[22]
    • To him Jayce OriginalSquare Jayce and Viktor OriginalSquare Viktor are the opposite extremes of the same decadent spectrum, and hopes he doesn't turn out like either of them.[23]
  • Ekko also dislikes Zaunites like Viktor OriginalSquare Viktor, Singed OriginalSquare Singed, and Dr. Mundo OriginalSquare Dr. Mundo, as they embody everything that is wrong with the city.
    • He had a pet rat named Mr. Tails. Twitch OriginalSquare Twitch reminds him of Mr. Tails and thinks it might be him.
    • Ekko likes Zac OriginalSquare Zac and what he does for Zaun to the point he would literally poke at him to see the kind of stuff he is literally made of.[24]
    • He likes Blitzcrank OriginalSquare Blitzcrank for unknown reasons and fights alongside him in The Climb. 
  • Ekko has never met a Yordle (at least not without glamour) and has only heard tales of them.[25]
    • If he were to meet Rumble OriginalSquare Rumble, he would respect him for his ingenuity in building a mechanized suit out of junk.[26]
    • He would also respect Heimerdinger OriginalSquare Heimerdinger as an inventor despite him residing in and working for Piltover.[27]
  • Zilean OriginalSquare Zilean and especially Bard OriginalSquare Bard might be concerned by Ekko splitting the timeline.[28]


References

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